DOE to remove barriers to rural electrification


WITH President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s marching orders, the Department of Energy (DOE) is set to allow private power producers to serve rural areas to provide communities more options for electricity providers.

“The wisdom of the President is using emerging technologies targeting far-flung barangays which have had no power. The DOE is fully committed in pursuing his directive,” said DOE
Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi on Sunday.

In a meeting last March 6 with Cusi and Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chair Agnes Devenadera, Duterte focused on the missionary electrification in unserved areas of the country and made it clear that he wanted that barriers blocking the entry of the private sector be removed to rural communities with more choices for power providers.

The President instructed the DOE and the ERC to initiate bold executive actions to allow the entry of the private sector so that the Filipino consumers can have access to adequate and affordable electricity that will redound to more economic and social benefits.

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